Borderline Activities

The activities initiated by the Borderline Regional Arts Association vary from year to year with a focus on community, artistic growth and exhibitions.

They include things like:

  • The organisation of workshops, with tutors who may be sourced within Borderline, or from afar.  Often these are open to the public but Borderline members will always have first option.
  • The organisation of art exhibitions. Aside from our major bi-annual exhibition in Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (SRAG) and a regular annual exhibition at The Artists Collective Studio in Tenterfield we often have several others in the works. Keep an eye on our home page ‘What’s On’ posts for up-to-date details.
  • Public displays of art works available for sale at our Open Studio and Art Market on the first Saturday of each month in our home in the Engine Drivers Barracks in Tenterfield.
  • Community time with other Borderline Artists on the 4th Wednesday of each month at our home in the Barracks.
  • The organisation of art-related activities which involve members of the community getting their hands dirty
  • The support and encouragement of art education in our schools, through volunteer assistance with art teaching programs.
  • And more!

If you are interested in membership, you will find the current membership form in the about us page. Or to stay up to date with whats happening connect with us on facebook or Instagram.



Activities Blog

  • What’s on for 2024 – Exhibitions and Professional Development

    What’s On

    2024’s exhibition and professional development calendar has now been confirmed and will include : 

    • Exhibition at The Richard Randall Studio Gallery, Mt Cootha Gardens Brisbane – 4 days over Easter, Friday 29 March to Tuesday 2 April.
    • “Borderline in Winter”ACS Gallery, Tenterfield24 June to 21 July.
    • “Where We Find Peace”Rosalie Gallery, NE of Toowoomba18 Sept to 13 October.
    • Artists Retreat at Tumbledown, west of Stanthorpe in May. Details to be announced in minutes.


    2025 will kick off with our biennial major exhibition at SRAG (Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery), travelling on to the Texas Regional Gallery. You will also find us exhibiting in the Rosalie Regional Gallery in the September School holidays. Plus we have a brand new Workshop Series on the drawing board. 


    Other local 2024 Exhibitions where our member’s work can be seen will include :

    • Australiana Art Prize at the Artists Collective Studio, Tenterfield from the 26th of March 2024.
    • The Stanthorpe Art Prize 2024 at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. This biennial exhibition showcases incredible art from the Granite Belt area, including that of our members. Not to be missed. Catch it from 15 June to 11 August 2024. Entries for the 2024 prize will open on 31 October 2023 and close on Friday 22 March 2024, download the entry form here. 


  • What’s On 2024 – 25

    What’s On 2024 – 25

    After a run of exhibitions, it is time for our Artists to get back into their studios and expand their skill sets! That being said 2023 and 2024 will focus on our 2023 Workshop Series and Art Camps (with dates to be released).

    Upcoming Borderline Group Exhibitions include:

    Easter Exhibition at the Richard Randall Art Studio in Brisbane over the Easter Weekend.

    Winter Exhibition at the Artists Collective Studio, Tenterfield from June 24th – 19th of July.

    Borderline Bienniel Exhbition at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery April 2025 (dates tbc)

    Plus a return to Warwick Art Gallery in September 2025 (tbc)

    Other local 2024 Exhibitions where our member’s work can be seen will include :

    The Stanthorpe Art Prize 2024 at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. This biennial exhibition showcases incredible art from the Granite Belt area, including that of our members. Not to be missed. Catch it from 15 June to 11 August 2024. Entries for the 2024 prize will open on 31 October 2023 and close on Friday 22 March 2024, download the entry form here. 

    Australiana Art Prize at the Artists Collective Studio, Tenterfield from the 26th of March 2024.

  • Inverell – final stop for Journeys on the Border 2023

    Inverell Regional Art Gallery – final stop for Journeys on the Border 2023

    Our workshop series traveling exhibition culminated in Inverell in a show that included a full range of Borderline member’s art. The opening was well attended and 2 pieces were sold immediately. Congratulations to everyone for a beautiful exhibition!


  • Workshop Series 2023


    • EXPERIMENTAL FELTMAKING – with Sheryl Wright

    July 1-2, at the Engine Driver’s Barracks, Tenterfield. 10am start

    $160 for members, $195 for non-members (this included a $35 membership fee).

    The emphasis will be on exploring texture, both on 2D and 3D pieces. Students will play with colour choices and the fundamentals of wet felting. All materials supplied.


    • BOTANICAL ART – with Nola Sindel

    July 15-16, at the Engine Driver’s Barracks, Tenterfield. 10am start

    $220 for members, $255 for non-members (this included a $35 membership fee). Limit of 8

    This workshop will include Observation of plants, layout and composition, shading and tone in graphite and painting.



    September 2-3. Girraween National Park. 10am start

    $220 for members, $255 for non-members (this included a $35 membership fee). Limit 10

    This course will involve getting into a daily habit of nature drawing in the context of a sketchbook. With a simple kit of materials, you can carry everywhere, you will discover that you can be opportunistic about drawing from the natural world, and this can help get us into daily creative habits of observation, discover and wonder.


    • CHARCOAL DRAWING for beginners and more advanced – with Lizzie Connor

    October 14-15. at the Engine Driver’s Barracks, Tenterfield. 10am start. Location may alter during course.

    $160 for members, $195 for non-members (this included a $35 membership fee). Limit 8

    Students will investigate the various types of charcoal available and how to use them.

    The workshop will also look at different paper and even canvas surfaces that can be used with charcoal. The class will also create textured surfaces on paper. The course will offer different ways of approaching your drawing and increase and/or refresh your drawing skills.


    • ECO FRIENDLY ETCHING – with Liz Powell

    Nov 18-19, at the Engine Driver’s Barracks, Tenterfield. 10am start

    $220 for members, $255 for non-members (this included a $35 membership fee). Limit of 6 

    The aim is to have fun and to expand the understanding of the potential of metal plate etching. The quality of line and the potential for tone is unique to metal plate that has been etched rather than engraved or scratched, and it can be done without harmful acids or too many specialized tools. All materials supplied.


  • Whats On 2023-24

    What’s On!

    We have had a busy start to 2023 with another three group  exhibitions still to go ….

    • Texas Art GalleryOpen Ended Revised’ from 11 April to 13 May.
    • ‘Journey on the Border’ – our traveling exhibition focusing on works developed in our 2022 Workshop Series is on at the Glen Innes Art Gallery from March 25 – 22 April.
    • 9th of June – 21st of July will be a major group exhibition with new original works as well as those inspired by our 2022 Workshop Series in our final showing of ‘Journey on the Border’ at Inverell Regional Gallery. This gallery has a large and beautiful exhibiting space and we look forward to filling it!

    Then that’s it for Borderline group shows for this year. Our Artists will have a chance to get back to their studios and into our workshop series commencing July 1st.

    As 2025 will bring our biennial group exhibition at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery together with another one or two major group shows we plan for 2024 to be a chance for our members to deepen their practices and build on our workshop series with Art Camps and Play Days. We are planning for a couple of group exhibitions, including a mid-year show at Artists Collective Studio in Tenterfield. 


    You can also see our members’ work at

    And on the first Saturday of each month

    • Borderline Open Studio and Art Market where you can meet some of our Artists and buy beautiful work all under $50. You will find us at The Railway Museum in Tenterfield ont he frist Saturday of each month from 9-12pm. Entry to the Museum is free and EFTPOS is available.

    Members can join us for Art Play

    • Borderline’s ‘Drop In Art’ days format is changing. Rather than an open-ended weekday once a month, there will be material-specific days to come and play. These days will be announced via email and will have a material focus, for example, Gelli plates or using the printing press. We have acquired new materials for workshops and have extra for members to play with. These materials include (but are not limited by!) a Gelli Plate Printing kit, printmaking inks, oil sticks, other mark-making materials and a wide range of papers (hot and cold pressed). ‘Drop In Art’ days will be an opportunity for members to play with the materials they may not have tried under the guidance of more experienced members.


    And now, as our 2023 group exhibitions come to a close we can finally focus on our 2023 Workshop series!

    Our line-up is exciting!

    • Experimental Felt Making Sheryl Wright, July 1st and 2nd.
    • Botanical Art – Nola Sindel, July 15th and 16th
    • Everyday Nature Sketchbooks – Deb Mostert, Sept 2nd and 3rd
    • Charcoal Drawing – Lizzie Connor, Oct 14th and 15th
    • Eco-Friendly Etching – Liz Powell, November 18th and 19th

    A $50 deposit will secure your place and there is a limit of 6 students per workshop.

  • Open Ended at Texas Regional Art Gallery – April 11th to May 13th 2023

    Open Ended at Texas Regional Art Gallery – April 11th to May 13th


  • Deepwater 2023 Market

    Deepwater 2023 Market

    Deepwater Art Show was back on the map this year with many of our Artists entering 1 or 2 works and most selling at least 1 piece. The exhibition itself was incredible, artists and visitors came from all over the country. We took the opportunity to set up a stall to spotlight our organisation and members.

    The pieces came from our regular Open Studio and Market Day ‘box’ that we run on the 1st Saturday of the month from our home at the Barracks, in the Tenterfield Railway Museum. Each month we have a featured Artist or two. These Artists bring along a larger selection of their works and are available to talk about their own art processes as well as Borderline in general. Artists Louise Jenkins and Gay Landeta were our featured Artists at Deepwater. We had a busy – close to sell-out – day with many people loving the chance to buy works at such special prices.

    We are open every month on the 1st Saturday of the month at the Tenterfield Railway Museum from 9 till noon. 

  • Stanthorpe ‘Open Ended’ 2023

    Stanthorpe ‘Open Ended’ 2023

    Opening Night with Mary Findlay and Liz Powell doing the honours with a bonus presentation from Denise N Rall launching her new book.

    Here are a few shots of the night…

  • What’s On : Updated February 2023

    What’s On At Borderline Regional Arts :

    Update February 2023

    Borderline Exhibitions

    SRAG Exhibition – ‘Open-Ended’ 2 March – 10 April, Opening Friday 3 March 6-8 pm.
    (Note Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery has temporarily relocated to Civic Centre.)

    If you miss the exhibition in Stanthorpe you can catch us at the Texas Art GalleryOpen Ended Revised’ from 11 April to 13 May.

    ‘Journey on the Border’ – our travelling exhibition focusing on works developed in our 2022 workshop series moves on from Surat to Glen Innes Art Gallery for March 25 – Opening at 3pm. Closes 22 April.

    ‘Journey on the Border’  will then have a broad range of works added and travel on to Inverell Regional Gallery 9 June till 21 July.

    You can also see our members works at

    ‘Australian Art Award’ at Artists Collective Studio Gallery Tenterfield.

    ‘Deepwater Art Show’ Friday 31 March to 4 April.

    And every month at

    Borderline at The Barracks Art Market  In conjunction with The Railway Museum entry to Museum is free on Railway Market days.

    Members can join us on

    Borderline’s ‘Drop In Art’ Wednesday is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at The Barracks Tenterfield Railway Museum. Each month we focus on something different – in February the theme was ‘Stash Bash’. Members could bring along some of that stash in the cupboard they realise they aren’t going to use and perhaps swap it for something you will. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

  • Borderline Regional Arts Workshop Series 2023 

    Borderline Regional Arts Workshop Series 2023

    Our line-up for 2023 looks exciting!

    • Experimental Making May 6-7 Sheryl Wright
    • Eco-Friendly Etching with Liz Powell, July
    • Botanical Art – Nola Sindel, August
    • Everyday Nature Sketchbooks – Deb Mostert 2 days in September, Tenterfield area
    • Charcoal Drawing – Lizzie Connor 2 days in October, Tenterfield area

    $50 deposit will secure a place, limit of 6 students per workshop.


Pages containing information and/or images from past activities of the association include:

Borderline Christmas Party on 4th December was a very pleasant lunch at Jennings Hotel.

Sue Jurd will be hosting a Borderline sponsored workshop on Batik 1/12/2017.  Sorry, the workshop is fully booked.

Borderline sponsored workshop:  Pastry Making workshop with Helen Turrisi was held on Saturday 24 Sept 2016

Borderline sponsored workshop:  ‘Art Matters’ with Nicole Sylvestre – bookings being taken now for 10 September 2016 – go to the Workshops page for further information.  Drawing: from the Expected to the Unexpected uses a combination of observational drawing and intuition. The workshop will explore contemporary drawing processes, as well as develop an awareness and broader understanding of drawing. You will experiment with many techniques: with pencil, charcoal, ink, wax, masking tape &  wet/dry paper. The drawings will be evocative, sustain your looking and bring out the poet in you, helping each student to find their own language.

Sheryl Wright hosted a Borderline sponsored workshop on Felting.

Jayne Barrett hosted a Borderline sponsored workshop on Papermaking on Saturday 28 May 2016.

Meeting report from our president Helen Turrisi:  Thankyou to all who made the trip to our 14th Nov. meeting We covered a lot of ground .  Louise took us thru the borderline website and it is a wealth of information This is part of what you pay membership fees for and it has a lot to offer please make the time to search around it and we would love members to get involved and get them selves up on the web site you can send a photo of you and your work and an artist statement via email to Louise. Theo has put his hand up to do the sectary job keeping us all updated and informed, a big thankyou Theo.  Sheryl has fitted into the treasurers job like a glove and was eloquent in her reports. Jane brought her laptop and Sue took the minutes, thank you, your input was a big help, Judy had some valuable comments about placing work in local business and is following up on them. we had new members come and its great to get to know you and become supporting friends. Nicola from the Stanthorpe gallery has invited us back in 2017 for another Borderline exhibition, committee members are working on a name so that all artist can get their creative mojo happening for the big event, There was a lot more ! this is just an informal brief from me to connect with you, to thank those who attended Kind regards Helen Turrisi

The following Borderline artists participated in the Resonance artist talk at SRAG on 15 Oct 2015 – giving an insightful glimpse into the depth of integrity in each artist, as well as the diversity of talents within the group.  Elspeth Cameron, Maggie Brockie, Norm Clayton, Raylee Delaney, Pam Docherty, Theo Gard, Judy Harris, Louise Jenkins, Nola Taylor, Gabriele Trabucco, Helen Turrisi  For more information, including images, click on Resonance Artist Talk

Our SRAG exhibition ‘Resonance’ is now on, until 24 Oct 2015.  Click here for images from the Resonance Opening night.  There will be an artist talk for U3A on Thursday 15 Oct at 10:30.

There is a printing day being organised for Friday 31 July at the Tennis Club. Interested people please contact Sue or Nola, and come and learn about our new press.  Beginners packs containing  paper, ink, acetate sheet, tarlatan may be available for purchase.

Borderline has purchased a geared printing press with a maximum print area of 30.5cm x 63.5cm.  The press will be be up and running for the Tenterfield Traveller print workshop in May, and will be available for weekly hire by members after that date.  Details about hiring are available from the members page.

Artist in residency Tenterfield Traveller 2015 workshops with Christine Porter, Lindsay Hunt, and Jayne Barrett ran from May 25 to May31.

22 November 2014  Borderline’s Christmas party, generously hosted by Sue Jurd was a latex gloved hands on day experimenting with various paper embellishing techniques, including monoprinting, texturing with glue, marbling, spraying, rusting, shellac with charcoal.  What a great lead into Jayne Barrett’s next bookmaking workshop (TBA soon!).

August 23/24 2014 – Read about the Blacksmithing and Welding Workshop at Fire & Stone, Tabulam.

24 Oct 2014 – Excursion to Tweed River Gallery to see Margaret Olley’s reconstructed studio.  Transport is via shared car.   Expression of interest forms have been emailed to members.

2 July 2014 – NERAM tour, Armidale.  Transport is via shared cars – $10 for petrol.  Expression of interest forms have been emailed to members.

19/20 June 2014 – Borderline is hosting a Bookmaking Workshop with Borderliner Jayne Barrett.   Expression of interest forms have been emailed to members.  Non-members should contact Borderline.

 17 Feb 2014 – Seniors’ Week, Tenterfield, 17 March 2014, beginning 10.00am at the Golf Club. 6 Borderline members will be demonstrating throughout the day:  John Donnelly, Sue Jurd, Shirley Caldwell, Nola Sindel, Pam Docherty, Chris Hangan.

17 Feb 2014 – Borderline is investigating organising a weekend at Fire and Stone Sculpture Park, Tabulum. Members can see the newsletter for more details.  The weekend may include a 1 or 2 day workshop with Michael Taylor, and a blacksmithing workshop with Jim Grasby and Keith Cameron.   Sue Jurd is investigating.

17 Feb 2014 – Artworks on Davadi has offered to host a Borderline exhibition from 6 May 2014 to 31 July.  Borderliner Judy Pidgeon will coordinate.

Tenterfield Traveller 2014 plans are underway for the period 13 June – 22 June 2014.  The sub-committee consists of Sue Jurd, Shirley Caldwell, and Gail Galloway.

21 Dec 2013 – Borderline’s 2013 Christmas party plans are underway – we’ll spend a day of fabric dyeing at Sue Jurd’s.  Bring lunch to share!  See the newsletter for more details.

25 July 2013 – 1 Sep 2013 Borderline’s major 2013 members only exhibition “Looking Out : Looking In”, was staged at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.  For images, click on Looking Out : Looking In

15 June 2013 – 22 June 2013 Borderline’s Tenterfield Traveller’s program was a great success, and is being considered for a future format.  Many thanks to Artist in Residency Christine Porter.  Click on Tenterfield Traveller for more details.

15 Dec 2012 Borderline’s Christmas Party day.  Sue Jurd is keeping the agenda is a surprise, however expect some travelling between venues, and a Christmas lunch.  Borderliners and their family members are welcome.

23 June 2012  Borderline’s float in Tenterfield’s 2012 Wintersong street parade was a real eye catcher.  Not only was the van itself painted with artistic gusto, but it was also adorned with rolls of canvas, easels, palettes and paint brushes, how-to books, streamers, balloons, and even finished art works!  Thanks to Chris and Tony Hanagan for making their van available and the effort involved with making it look “awesome”.  Congratulations Borderline for winning ‘Best Float’ in the parade!  Check it out at Wintersong parade 2012.

3 June 2012 – 3 July 2012 Borderline exhibition ‘Artsong‘ at the Forest to Furniture Gallery, Tenterfield,was held to coincide with Tenterfield’s Wintersong carnival.

31 Mar 2012 – 2 May 2012 Borderline exhibition ‘Shine:enihS’ at the Texas Art Gallery.

17 Dec 2011 Borderline’s ‘Paint Pot and Print’ Christmas Fun Day.  A fabulous Day spent at Graeme Schreiber’s Bush Rock Gallery and Eva and Bent Rasmussens pottery and print studios, capped off by a wonderful Christmas spread at the Jennings Hotel.

26 Aug 2011 – 02 Oct 2011   ‘State of Flux’ members’ exhibition at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.  The members of Borderline have taken up the challenge of addressing the fascinating theme of flux.  Although this exhibition is now closed, you can see read about it, and view images from the opening night by clicking State of Flux.

02 Sep 2011  Presentation of an etching collage created for Millrace Aged Hostel by Borderline, using prints created by the public under the guidence of Borderline.  Click on Millrace for more information, and an image taken at the presentation.

08 Oct 2011 – 04 Nov 2011  ‘Shine‘ members’ exhibition at the Glen Innes Art Gallery.  Allowing artistic talent to ‘Shine’.

22 Oct 2011 Borderline members were available at the Tenterfield Showground ‘Showing Off’ Family Fun Day to answer any queries about the presentation requirements for art work at the Tenterfield Show.  For anyone who did not attend, please make sure that any 2D artwork being entered for the show is presented ready for hanging on a hook.  It is sufficient to have a string or wire suited to the weight of the work, firmly secured across the back.  Art works need not be framed, however they must be well supported (able to withstand potential breezy gusts from nearby doors), and in the case of 2D works, well secured to their hanging device.  A work on paper for example need not be behind glass, however it must be secured to a supportive and hangable backing.  Last year the art stewards were contending with pictures which were falling out of cheap frames, or had strings attached to canvas backs with loose drawing pins.  These are unacceptable.  The next Tenterfield show is 27/28/29 January 2012.  The show schedule is not out yet, but it will reveal a revamp of entry categories in the art sections.

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